CHJ open house brunch/first day of Sunday School Aug. 30

Bagels and good company are part of the allure of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism’s annual Open House brunch and first day of Sunday School. The back-from-summer event on August 30 at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Avenue, Westport, features an introduction to the people, school, and adult education programs of the Congregation. The public is invited free of charge.

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“This is a great opportunity to learn about the Congregation, Humanistic Judaism, our Sunday School and adult education programs,” says Beth Ulman of Fairfield, chair of membership. “Guests will feel welcome in our community.” She will be on hand to talk to new and prospective members. Lisa Sullivan, a Norwalk resident and former Sunday School committee member, and her daughter, Elise, are long-time members who discovered CHJ through the Open House.

Dana Preis of Easton, a past-president of CHJ, hopes those seeking a Jewish community will “come and check us out. Our approach is refreshing. CHJ’s focus on humanistic values and appreciation for Jewish culture makes us an important and welcoming presence in the community.”

Sunday School begins promptly at 9:30 am. All children are invited to attend their age- appropriate class at no charge. Parents may remain with their children until they are comfortable.

Adult Ed will present a kick-off program for its educational series focusing on Israel. The goal of this series is to provide members with balanced information about Israel and a forum to discuss current affairs. The first program will be a screening of a documentary about early 20th century Palestine. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Alex Mack, in which attendees will discuss their cultural, religious, and secular backgrounds and how their upbringing may have influenced their current views on Israel. Meet and greet begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the film.

The CHJ Sunday School provides a contemporary Jewish education for children in kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Children learn about Jewish holidays, history, literature, and traditions of the Jewish people in a warm, participatory environment. Hebrew, music, art, dance, and crafts enrich the curriculum. Jewish and Humanistic values and their relation to interpersonal, social and environmental issues are explored in all areas of the curriculum. Small class size fosters involvement and learning.

In addition to Sunday School, the Congregation has a full calendar of activities for adults including Jewish holiday celebrations, a wide array of weekend evening and Sunday morning programs, discussion groups, and a book group. Members hail from almost every town in Fairfield County.

Jewish and Interfaith families interested in learning about the Congregation are invited to attend this Open House. Programs conclude at 11:45 a.m. For additional information, and to let the Congregation know to expect you, please call 203-293-8867 or email [email protected] To learn more about the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and its programs, check the website: www.humanisticjews.org.

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